APPLY NOW! Summer Internship Opportunity with National Institutes of Health

About the Organization

The National Institutes of Health traces its roots to 1887, when a one-room laboratory was created within the Marine Hospital Service (MHS), predecessor agency to the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS). For over a century, NIH scientists have paved the way for important discoveries that improve health and save lives. In fact, 153 Nobel Prize winners have received support from NIH. Their studies have led to the development of MRI, understanding of how viruses can cause cancer, insights into cholesterol control, and knowledge of how our brain processes visual information, among dozens of other advances. NIH is responsive to Congressional legislation that adjusts NIH’s programs to meet changing research needs. As a result of the NIH reauthorization process, NIH is able to respond strategically in an era when medical research requires constant innovation and increased interdisciplinary efforts.

About the Internship

  • The Pathways Internship Program will give students the opportunity to join NIH in gaining valuable experience in temporary or indefinite positions.
  • Must complete at least 640 hours of career-related work before completion of or concurrently with the course requirements. NIH may waive up to 320 of the required 640 hours of work for Interns who demonstrate high potential as evidenced by outstanding academic achievement and exceptional job performance.
  • Agencies may hire Interns on a temporary basis for up to one year for an initial period, or for an indefinite period, to complete the educational requirement.
  • Interns may be converted to a permanent position (or, in some limited circumstances, to a term position lasting 1-4 years) within 120 days of successful completion of the program.
    • To be eligible for conversion, Interns must:
      • Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program;
      • Complete their degree or certificate requirements;
      • Meet the qualification standards for the position to which the intern will be converted;
      • Meet agency-specific requirements as specified in the Participant’s Agreement; and
      • Perform their job successfully.

NIH Internship Program Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for selection into the NIH internship, applicants must be:

  • At least 16 years of age;
  • A U.S. citizen, national or legal permanent resident. Non-citizens may apply;
  • Enrolled at least half-time in a degree seeking program;
  • Must be enrolled or plan on enrolling in the current or upcoming semester in an accredited:
    • High school
    • Associate’s
    • Bachelor’s
    • Master’s
    • Professional
    • Doctorate
    • Vocational/technical
    • Certificate (must be equivalent to post-secondary level education and at least one academic year of full-time study)
  • Be in good academic standing (cumulative GPA 3.0 or above).
  • Verify your school and program is accredited.
  • Enrolled in an accredited institution/program.
    • Verify accreditation
    • NOTE: For institution names that contain an abbreviation, you may need to try different spellings. [e.g. if St. Paul doesn’t work, try Saint Paul]. If you cannot find your school, please call U.S. Department of Education at 1-888-247-8269.

How to Apply

Applications open for the Internship Program on April 15th. Visit to apply!

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